Lori and I were amped to see Kid Sister and Konono Nº1 perform tonight at Millennium Park. The heat and humidity had subsided, the show was free and it would be our first concert of the summer. We even packed a little picnic of veggies, chips, dip and root beers. But as I walked east up Randolph to meet Lori, I couldn’t help but notice a long line of unmarked squad cars all the way up the street. And there were cops on foot everywhere too; patrolling the entire northern perimeter of Millennium Park. As Lori and I started to walk up one of the Randolph Street entrances to the Pritzker Pavilion, we were accosted by a Parks & Rec officer who told us no one could enter the park unless they used the Michigan Avenue entrance. Seriously? I have to walk a block away to enter the park and walk another block to get back to the stage? Why? No answer.
A week ago, my best mate and I went to a 18+ all-building dubstep show at Metro/Smartbar. Hosted by Chicago’s Subfix massive, the relatively under-the-radar showcase featured Datsik, Eprom, Phaded, Jeekoos and several other wobble-monster DJs. My ears were still ringing when I woke up the next day.
After hearing just one single from Go—the new album from Sigur Rós frontman, Jónsi—I had a sense he was aiming for a different kind of musical experience—and not just because he was adding more electronics and singing a bit in English:
My friend Travis just put me on to a new-ish music blog called Left As Rain. The Brooklyn-based repository offers an amazing (and growing) playlist curated by designers Chris Thomas and Alex Mejias. The minimal interface is really sharp and I especially love the logo Chris created using SwimmingPoülp‘s A La Nage typeface. Give ’em a listen and then fan ’em on Facebook!
The first time I heard Daedelus I was living in Atlanta and listening to the dubstream from L.A.’s nonprofit radio collective, dublab. As soon the lullaby chirps of “Door Bell” hit my ears, I was fan. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen Daedelus live but a friend pointed me to this video of him performing with his monome on the rooftop of the dublab.